Thomson will see the first of its direct departures to Dubai take off from Cardiff this evening at 23.50.
The flight will operate on a 767-300 aircraft from Wales’ national airport, where passengers will arrive in Dubai to meet their cruise ship.
The two seven night itineraries – ‘Arabian Nights’ and ‘Cities of Gold’ – will stop overnight in Dubai and visit six new destinations including Khasab and Muscat in Oman, Manama in Bahrain, Doha in Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Khor Fakkan in UAE.
Excursion highlights include the spectacular sites of the Burj al Arab and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Grand Mosque in Muscat. If the outdoors holds an exotic appeal, customers can explore the magnificent Musafi Mountains in Khor Fakkan and dine on the glamorous Dubai Dhow cruise. Customers exploring Abu Dhabi will be able to grab a taste of the action at Ferrari World, as well as taking in the dazzling Emirates Palace and test their adventurous side with desert safaris.
Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, said: “It is fantastic to see yet another new, direct long-haul cruise route operating from Cardiff. Dubai is a hugely exciting destination and I’m sure these new itineraries will prove popular with cruise customers.
“Thomson cruise flights to Barbados and Jamaica are also operating this winter, so we’re delighted to also be offering cruise flights to the Middle East which attract not only customers in Wales but the South West too.”
A second direct flight to Dubai will depart on 20th February 2017.